Sunday, January 17, 2016

#Taiwan elects #Tsai Ing-wen, #China worried, issues warning

Taiwan's independence-leaning opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen has won a convincing victory in presidential elections on Saturday.China is pointing hundreds of missiles at Taiwan as it claims a 'renegade province.'In her victory speech, Tsai said she would prioritize uniting and strengthening Taiwan, so the island would have more respect from the international community, The Associated Press reports.

Tsai won 56% of the vote to sweep aside rival Eric Chu of the China-friendly Nationalist Party that had ruled Taiwan under incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou since 2008.
Most of the world's countries — including the U.S., Taiwan's most important backer — do not acknowledge Taiwan as an independent nation. Taiwan is Asia’s fifth-largest economy and one of the top 25 in the world.Tsai’s party doesn’t support the “One-China principle,” which presumes Taiwan to be part of a larger China. While Tsai has taken steps to reassure Chinese Communist Party leaders by saying she won’t push for outright independence, they remain hostile to her and her party. Communist Party leaders apparently believe their legitimacy depends on steady progress toward unifying Taiwan with the mainland. Tsai’s rise stands in the way of that goal.Official Chinese Xinhua news agency has warned that any moves towards independence would be like a “poison” and that would cause Taiwan to perish.
 "We hope and believe that the international community will adhere to the one-China principle, oppose 'Taiwan independence' in any form and support peaceful development of cross-Strait relations through concrete actions," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said in response to questions on Taiwan-related diplomatic situation in the future.

The Chinese government sticks to the one-China principle, opposes "Taiwan independence", "two Chinas", "one China, one Taiwan," he said, adding that this stance remains unchanged and will not change no matter what happens in Taiwan.
On the key issue of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Chinese government is rock-firm and will never tolerate any secessionist activity of "Taiwan independence", Hong said.
Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement said Sunday they would seek closer ties with Taiwan after the island elected a new president who pledged to stand up to China.